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Miley is magnificent as Orioles move up in playoff hunt

Miley is magnificent as Orioles move up in playoff hunt

BALTIMORE—Wade Miley wanted that complete game. He walked off the mound one out short of it, but with the satisfaction that he’d showed the Orioles why they traded for him nearly two months ago. 

In Miley’s first nine Orioles starts, there was only one win. Not only did he get a solid one on Saturday night, but his performance helped push the Orioles back into the second wild-card spot.

Miley allowed one run on seven hits in 8 2/3 innings, matching his career high with 11 strikeouts and not walking a batter in the Orioles’ 6-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks before 40,610 at Oriole Park.

Combined with the Detroit Tigers’ 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon, the Orioles moved past Detroit and lead them by a half-game. 

Recently, Miley talked with Orioles pitching great Scott McGregor, and McGregor, who is still in the organization had some advice. 

“We just talked about if there is such a thing as trying too hard. ‘Try easy’ is what he told me. That kind of just stuck,” Miley said. “Rather than trying to be max effort out there every time, just got to relax and execute pitches,” Miley said. 

Miley (9-13) was rolling until Brandon Drury’s double scored Paul Goldschmidt with two outs in the ninth. 

After Miley received his warm ovation, the former Diamondback looked over at Goldschmidt and showed him his middle finger, which was caught on television. 

Miley began his post-game remarks by apologizing and expressing his admiration for Goldschmidt, who had three of the seven hits against him.

Manager Buck Showalter wasn’t pleased to take Miley out, and replace him with Tyler Wilson, who recorded the final out. The fans loudly booed the decision.

“They certainly weren’t cheering me. I was thinking about flipping it to Tyler about halfway across the outfield and walk off with him. I didn’t think I had enough arm to reach Tyler,” Showalter said. 

Miley’s wife is due to give birth to their first child within the next two weeks, and he appreciated the fan support.

“That’s kind of what we play for. That’s the reaction you want. Yu obviously want to go out there and do good and do your job and it worked out tonight,” Miley said. 

Mark Trumbo, whose 45th home run in the fifth inning gave the Orioles a 6-0 lead, played with Miley in Arizona, and empathized with his former teammate, pointing out a few starts back that it’s difficult to be traded during the season. 

“I’ve seen him a lot. I’ve seen him a lot more than most people in this room. I know what he’s capable of,” Trumbo said. “I’ve seen when he was going well. This is what you can expect for him. Tremendous tempo, he was working in and out. He had all his pitches going. That was just a great job tonight.”

The Orioles (84-71) scored a run in the first off Robbie Ray (8-14) when Manny Machado’s single scored Adam Jones. 

Matt Wieters led off the second with a drive to right that Yasmany Tomas couldn’t handle, and Wieters was on third with a double and the error. He scored on J.J. Hardy’s fly ball. 

Trey Mancini became the third player in major league history to homer in his first three starts in the fourth inning, and the Orioles lead stretched to 5-0 on Chris Davis’ two-run single. 

The Diamondbacks’ Carlos Quentin (2006) and Colorado’s Trevor Story (2016) are the other players to homer in their first three at-bats. 

“It’s been incredible, you know? I could never imagine it happening this way, and it’s still hard to believe. A week ago, I was down in Florida prepared for this, but it’s cool, a week later, with everything that’s happened, to be here in Baltimore and to contribute to it, to a postseason run,” Mancini said. 

A night before, Showalter used nearly all of his top-tier relievers: Brad Brach, Zach Britton, Mychal Givens and O’Day in the 12-inning win. 

Miley’s deep start enabled Showalter to rest his core as well as Oliver Drake and Tommy Hunter, who also pitched Friday night, and Donnie Hart, who didn’t. 

We got to the point where three guys, maybe four, three for sure we were not going to push the envelope on tonight. Not that one day is going make that much difference, but with the day game tomorrow, if we had to push the envelope on them we’d really be short tomorrow,” Showalter said. 

NOTES: The Orioles have 13 wins in interleague play, the most in club history. … Jones walked twice. His 38 walks set a career-high. … Braden Shipley (4-4, 5.49) faces Dylan Bundy (9-6, 4.13) on Sunday afternoon in the final home game of the regular season.  

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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Alex Cobb's comfort and familiarity with the AL East was the deciding factor in his decision to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

"They used the AL East and the success I've had in it to their advantage," the 30-year-old right-hander said Wednesday after finalizing a $57 million, four-year contract. "They kept challenging me with it and I love the challenge of pitching in this division and they know that over the times we talked. They did a really good job of making me feel like this is where I need to be."

Cobb gets $14 million in each of the first three seasons and $15 million in 2021, and he would earn a $500,000 bonus in each year he pitches 180 innings. Baltimore will defer $6.5 million from this year's salary and $4.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He gets $2 million of the deferred money on Nov. 30, 2022, and $1.8 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2023-32. If he doesn't pitch at least 130 innings in 2020, an additional $5.25 million of the final's year salary would get deferred, payable $1.75 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2033-35.


Cobb has a full no-trade this year, then can list 10 teams from 2019-21 that he cannot be dealt to without his consent.

He had spent his entire six-season big league career with Tampa Bay and was the last big-name starting pitcher available in a slow-moving free agent market. He joined Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, who were signed last month, in a revamped rotation that includes holdovers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.

Cobb was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts last season. He pitched 179 1/3 innings in his first full year back after missing nearly two seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

He had turned down the Rays' $17.4 million qualifying offer in November, and Baltimore pursued him from the start of free agency.

"They didn't stop bothering me the whole offseason," Cobb said. "They were very persistent, and I think that you notice that confidence they have in you just by the way they speak to you and the questions you ask and not questioning anything that's gone on. Everyone's got flaws that they come with and potential things you could really harp on that might not be your strong suit, but they never went down that avenue. They always told me how much they like certain aspects of what I do on and off the field, and just kept repeating how well I fit in here."


Cobb is 48-35 with a 3.50 in six big league seasons. Baltimore will lose its third-highest draft pick, currently No. 51, and the Rays get an extra selection after the first round as compensation.

Jose Mesa Jr. was designated for assignment Wednesday to clear a roster spot.

Baltimore opens on March 29 at home against Minnesota, but Cobb won't be ready to pitch then. He has agreed to be optioned to a minor league affiliate to help build up innings.

"I'm going to be pushing it as quick as I can," Cobb said. "That's going to be up to them. They've invested in me for a four-year period and as much as we know how much every game matters even early in April, we're going to have to look out for the overall future of this whole thing and whole contract and whatever they determine to be the way to protect me and my feedback from the bullpens I'm going to be throwing here in the next few days will probably determine the timeline."

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."